The United States Soccer Federation has appointed Michael Nsien, a Nigerian tactician based in the United States, as the new head coach of the country’s U-16 Men’s youth national football team on a three-year contract.
Nsien, who has over 23 years of experience as a player and coach for US clubs, becomes the first Nigerian to lead the US U-16 Men’s Youth National Team.
Nsien, who was born in Oklahoma of Nigerian ancestors, holds all UEFA Pro Coaching licenses and is regarded as a “trailblazer” for black coaches in a sector where there are few.
“I feel really good about getting this role and opportunity as a first-generation Nigerian American; it is very important to me that my family name and the people of Nigeria are exposed and represented positively not just in the United States, but around the world.”
“I believe this opportunity will bring my name, my family, and my country Nigeria to life,” Nsien said. “As an American, I have a great sense of pride to represent our country and to help bring the next generation of American players to the forefront.”
For the past four seasons, the 41-year-old has led USL Championship side FC Tulsa to the MLS Cup playoffs.
Nsien, on the other hand, hinted that this new role would provide him with new opportunities and experiences.